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New flood areas in WF named by FEMA

Press Release_The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has completed a digital update and re-delineation of the established flood hazard areas for the City of Wichita Falls and Wichita County. This is a part of the Map Modernization project in which established flood areas were amended using more specific and recent information. Residents and businesses will have internet-accessible information about which properties fall in the flood area.

This is commonly referred to as the 100 year flood plain.

This will alter current flood plain lines, excluding some current properties from the Special Flood Hazard Area and including other properties. Although some mortgage companies do not require flood insurance, the City of Wichita Falls encourages all citizens to consider obtaining flood insurance. Homeowners will be contacted by letter if there has been a change in their property's status.

"Water flow and drainage patterns have changed in the last few years and the areas likely to flood have changed as well. This is a nation-wide initiative," according to Dave Clark, Community Development Director.

Some property owners will find their risk higher or lower than they assumed, and if the risk level for a property changes, so may the requirement to carry flood insurance. However, the updated maps are preliminary and citizens have 90 days to correct street names, typographical errors, omissions, and flood plain delineations. Citizens who wish to comment should present expert data that contradicts the findings on the report. The report, titled DFIRM (Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map) can be found at under the Community Development tab, or in the Planning Division office located on the 4th floor of the Municipal Auditorium building. Questions should be directed to Stephen Zank at 761-7446.

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